Comparisons with Wallis Simpson, although laborious, were perhaps inevitable. The last time a dynamic and glamorous American divorcee arrived at the House of Windsor in a hurricane of publicity, it provoked a scandal that led the monarchy to crisis and led to the abdication of Edward VIII from the throne.
Despite some symbolic grunts from traditional corners, when Prince Harry announced his engagement to the beautiful actress Meghan Markle last week, there were no such obstacles between him and his heart's desire to marry the woman he loves . She is divorced, is a television actress, is an American and is the first person of mixed heritage to marry a high-ranking British royal. But when Markle officially joins The Firm next year, he will welcome her with open arms.
In times past, a high-ranking king like Harry would be forced to choose his girlfriend according to his upbringing and social status. Meghan, who grew up in Los Angeles, her father, director of lighting in soap operas and her mother, according to Meghan's description "a free spirit with nose rings and dreadlocks," has no blue blood or any kind of title. But she has something much more useful for a monarchy that is now fully committed to staying modern and relevant: a degree of communication.
But then, Meghan is Californian, raised in a showbiz family, free of any fixation with the best details of the British label. That she was natural, warm and completely at ease with herself was evident to everyone.
By the time Kensington Palace officially announced in November 2016 that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend, the tabloid stories about his romance had already awakened a thousand profile features, all asking the million-dollar question; Who is Meghan Markle?
But they did not have to go too far to discover who it was exactly. "I am an actress, a writer, the editor-in-chief of my lifestyle brand, The Tig, a very good cook and a strong believer in handwritten notes," he said in 2015 in an article he wrote for the magazine. Elle, before I had even seen the man who is fifth in the row of the throne.
In the piece, she described her path to "find her voice" and "create her identity" as a mixed race woman whose legacy separates her from the world in which she grew up in the eighties and nineties. Markle's father, Thomas, is of Dutch / Irish descent and his mother, Doris, is African American.
"I was too young at the time to know what it was like for my parents, but I can tell you what which was for me, how they created the world around me to make me feel that it was not different but special. "
Like Harry, Meghan is the daughter of divorce: her parents separated, apparently without bitterness, when she was little." What is so incredible, you know, is that my parents separated when I was two years old, [but] I never saw them fight, "he told Vanity Fair in a wide-ranging interview published in September." We would still take vacations together. My dad would come on Sundays to leave me and we would see Jeopardy! dining on the television trays, the three of us … We were still very close. "
The fact of being of mixed heritage paints a blurred line that is both astounding and illuminating, he said." While my mixed heritage may have created a gray area around my self-identification, keeping one foot on either side of the fence, I have come to embrace that. To say who I am, to share where I am from, to express my pride in being a strong and secure mestizo woman. "
These, clearly, were not the words of a woman seeking to be rescued by a prince." I never wanted to be a lady who has lunch, "she once wrote," I always wanted to be a woman who works. "In fact, Markle has been an avowed feminist since she was small, she wrote an angry letter to Hillary Clinton, complaining about an ad that featured the phrase "Women from all over the United States are struggling with greasy pots and pans" after which the The company behind the announcement agreed to change the line from "women" to "people."
By the time she met Prince Harry last summer, she had fulfilled that dream of being a "woman who works." After a private education in a Catholic College and to obtain its title in the Northwestern University, flirted briefly with the search of a race in the diplomacy, worked a time in the Embbady of the United States in Buenos Aires, before deciding by the action. her years in the desert as a job actress, she worked as an independent calligrapher to make rent, while accepting a series of parts like "girls briefcase" in Deal Or No Deal and "Hot Girl" in the movie A Lot Like Love before she was chosen for the role in 2011 that made her famous, playing the paralegal Rachel Zane in the television drama, Suits.
According to a Harry clearly in love, it was love at first sight when he first applauded the actress. And Piers Morgan states that Meghan confessed to her after that first meeting that Harry had been "bombarding" her with text messages.
Arguably the real and the most popular iconoclast, Harry spent most of his 20 playing on the field. In 2012, he said in an interview that the challenge of finding a partner was, for him, "not so much looking for someone to fill the role, but obviously, you know, find someone who would be willing to take it." .
He has had a couple of high profile relationships before meeting Meghan, but neither of them had what it took to survive under the intense pressure and white scrutiny that is a hallmark of the life in which he was born. Chelsy Davy, a blond Zimbabwean heiress with whom Harry was dating between 2004 and 2011, told reporters that the experience of being his girlfriend had been "crazy and scary and uncomfortable," and added: "It's not a life for me." . Cressida Bonas, the blue-blooded beauty with whom she made romance between 2012 and 2014, seemed to escape from the media circus when their relationship ended, like an animal released from the jaw of a predator. "It's not a hard cookie at all," his brother told him. the London Evening Standard. "She is very sensitive itive, sweet girl".
Maybe that explains why, when Harry's relationship with Markle made headlines last year, he was robust in his desire to protect her, instructing Kensington Palace to issue a statement: "Part of her has been hidden from the public: the legal night battles to keep the defamatory stories out of the newspapers, his mother had to fight with photographers from the past to get to the door of her house, the attempts of reporters and photographers to get illegal entry to her house and the calls to the police that followed, the substantial bribes offered by the papers to her ex-boyfriend, the bombing of almost all the friends, coworkers and loved ones in her life, "said the statement, which advocated privacy.
It is also significant that Prince Harry was introduced to Meghan by a mutual friend, rather than badembled on the high society scene, far from the Mahiki nightclub – favorite of the public school poshos and the usual place of the Prince when he was 20 years old). And that the world they inhabited during the first days of their courtship was one in which they spent time getting to know each other during "long walks" and quiet nights.
It's a new image for Harry, who in his bachelor days flirted with the scandal several times, once photographed naked during a Bender in Las Vegas. Meghan, who is three years older than Harry, is a consummate woman, a maturity of her own. And his commitment to her marks the maturity of the playboy prince.
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